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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, it's 5 o'clock on this tuesday, first day in the month of september. and we're following a developing story. >> a car slams into a mother pushing a stroller down a new jersey road. we'll give you the very latest. >> a well known west philadelphia funeral so many under investigation. what police found inside was quite disturbing. >> keeping your child safe. new jersey's new car seat law goes into effect today with some of the most restrictive rules in the nation. we'll break them down for you. >> could see an official heat wave today. let's go to karen in for david and matt pelman with traffic. >> 90 plus degree temperatures so far. today will be the third day in a row later on this afternoon. satellite6 and action radar showing we have clear skies this morning. we're going see lots of sunshine out there. hazy sunshine but bright nonetheless through the day and that's going to allow
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temperatures to really heat up. 74 already in philadelphia. the upper 60's in allentown, low 60's even in mount pocono. 72 in trenton, 72 in dover, delaware. visibility is an issue in some spots especially in the northwest. 2-mile visibility in mount pocono, 5-mile in allentown and lancaster. we've noticed some patchy fog out there so just something to watch for. it's an ozone action day today. and that means the unhealthy groups, young, elderly, anyone with respiratory issues today is not the day to be outside running or exercises in the height of the day. try to stay indoors, if you can, during that time. hot and humid today, sunny skies but 93 for your high today. it stays warm, it stays muggy in the overnight hours we only dip to 73 degrees. and we get hotter still coming up in the seven day so details on that in just a minute, matt. >> only because you said so i will not go out running. [laughter] >> otherwise, yeah. >> i will stay in the air conditioning. oh, yeah, i would be outside. good morning toy, karen. good morning, everybody. constructiony construction crews working despite the muggy conditions along 95 in the great northeast right on
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the bucks county line. running a little bit late now here in the southbound lanes. they were scheduled to clear at 5:00 but they're still out here blocking the two right lanes so just the left lane is squeezing by and traffic is a little bit slow coming down from street road through this point at woodhaven on 95 southbound. but overnight work on the vine street expressway westbound and the schuylkill expressway near passyunk, those zones have cleared nonissues so far this morning on the roosevelt boulevard and construction crews are now gone from the pennsylvania turnpike eastbound in chester county all lanes reopened but on the northeast extension southbound approaching quakertown the right lane is still blocked for overnight work. and mercer county the calhoun street bridge mostly blocked this morning for construction until 6:00. head for the trenton makes bridge or the trenton-morrisvilltrenton-morrie along route one. >> new video of police examining a stroller at the scene of a terrible late night accident in lakewood, ocean county. a car struck a mother and her two young girls on u.s. route one.
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all of them were rushed to the hospital where they are recovering. the driver of the lincoln town car they that hit them stopped immediately. now "action news" reporter katherine scott talked to police overnight. she will have more on what police are saying about the investigation in the next half hour but first philadelphia police raided yet another illegal funeral home. they found three bodies that were badly decomposed in deplorable conditions throughout the place. let's go to our very busy katherine scott in the satellite center with details on this story. car rith. >> reporter: matt, it certainly was a gruesome discovery. the funeral director says this is all a misunderstanding but police say this funeral home was operating without a license and they found three bodies inside, two of them were decomposing. let's go to video from last night when those bodies were removed from hawkins funeral parlor at 53rd and vine in west philadelphia. one of them had already been embalmed. it was in a casket awaiting cremation but two other bodies were found decomposing
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according to police. one was lying on a metal gurney, the other was in a body bag. it was a tip call that led investigators here. they say they found deplorable conditions at the funeral parlor and that it had been operating without a license. the sole pro pried of the funeral home is john gaither. he says he brought in blare hawkins as funeral director hoping to save the troubled business. gaither says he was out of town when this all happened and police are still investigating. >> bodies under the state regulations have to be embalmed within 24 hours of arriving at a funeral parlor. if not they have to be refrigerated under 40 degrees. there's no refrigeration here. >> rules and regulations are clear about how long a body can be kept out of refrigeration or not embalmed. >> reporter:. >> did mr. hawkins not know that or understand that? >> hey, it's my understanding that he did know that. >> reporter: and you may remember it was just a week ago that police responded to an unlicensed funeral parlor
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in strawberry mansion. there police found three bodies rotting in boxs in a garage next to powell mortuary services. police say they were operating without a license since 2012. then another funeral parlor price funeral offered to give a proper burial to those bodies but it turns out price was also operating without a license since 2012. as for the bodies found yesterday, the medical examiner's office has now taken charge of them. we're live in the satellite center, katherine scott, channel6 "action news." matt. >> thanks, katherine. the man accused of killing a toddler in a hit and run accident back in april is waking up behind bars. miguel colon turned himself in yesterday. investigators say he was behind the wheel when he struck a 19-year-old mother and her two-year-old son as they crossed mascher street and lehigh avenue. david alycia the little boy did not survive his injuries. a warrant had been issued for colon last week. >> it is 5:05. police are looking for a sexual predator. they say he attacked three people in philadelphia's
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fishtown section. investigators released this sketch of the suspect. last sunday police say he pulled out a gun then robbed and sexually assaulted two women and a man by graph feet pier. the attacker is 5-foot nine, about 200 pounds, he was wearing jeans, a t-shirt an white phillies cap. he also has a tattoo on his arm. a montgomery county lawyer will need his own did he first attorney after finding himself on the wrong side of the law. vincent cirillo is charged with raping and sexually assaulting one of his clients last month. according to police reports the lawyer took several photos of the victim while that victim was naked and unconscious. cirillo is now free on $100,000 bail. >> new car seat rules go into effect in new jersey today. all children up to two years old must be placed in a rear facing seat with a five-point harness until they weigh 30 pounds. when they reach 40 pounds or four years old, the seat can be front facing.
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youngsters between four and eight, less than 57-inches tall must be in a forward facing car seat or booster seat. the seats are no longer necessary when children reach eight years of age but they must wear a seat belt. new jersey's new regulations follow the recommendations of the american academy of pediatrics. pope francis arrives in philadelphia in 25 days and some change. there's our countdown clock. everyone is preparing for what could be the biggest spiritual event to ever grace our region. pope francis made history at the vatican holding the church's first ever virtual audience. >> it was something else. the pontiff spoke via satellite with hundreds of people in l.a., chicago and texas. world news tonight anchor david muir moderated the event at the vatican. it lasted about an hour. the pope said it is important for him to meet people here before he actually arrives in america and philadelphia. they shared with the pope stories of struggle and he shared with them stories of hope. abc will show more of the
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pope's virtual chat in a one hour special on friday. pope francis and the people, a special 20/20 airs at 10:00 on friday night. and remember, you can head to for details on the pope's visit as well as the city's papal playbook. there we also have jim gardner's special reports from the pope's hometown of buenos aires argentina. >> turning now accuweather, let's make this heat wave official and then put it in the history books. >> yes. would you like to that. >> yeah. >> yeah, already feeling uncomfortable isn't it at times out there and actually the heat is going to be hotter than yesterday and tomorrow hotter state. we're on our way up here, not down just yet. storm tracker6 double scan around the region we are dry through the area. let's take a look outside right now and see what it looks like and we've got clear conditions as we look over the ben franklin bridge but it is warm, it is muggy there already as you're headed out the door early this morning. let's check those current conditions. 74 degrees already in philadelphia. the dewpoint way up there, 69 degrees. any time you get above 60 you
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start to really feel the humidity. certainly we feel it at 69. winds out of the west-southwest at five and the barometric pressure is holding steady, 74 right now in philadelphia, 68 in allentown, 72 in trenton and dover, 71 in millville. on the boardwalk in atlantic city, 74 degrees. so, a warm and muggy start to the day. satellite6 and action radar showing we have really cleared out. yesterday we had a fair amount of clouds, we had a couple of showers here or there that wanted to work their way in our region. right now we're looking clear. we'll see lots of sunshine today and that's just going allow things to heat up even quicker than they did yesterday so by 8:00 a.m., 76 degrees with bright sunshine. by 11:00 a.m., 86 degrees. by 2:00 p.m., 92, your high today 93. by 5:00 p.m. 91 degrees coming down from that high so lots of sunshine and temperatures kind of quick to respond to that today. let's take a look at your exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast. once we hit 90 today it would be official, heat wave number five. lots of sunshine. so we certainly expect to do that and then tomorrow
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maintain and the heat, 11 degrees above average, 94 for your high, so hotter still. even hotter than that on thursday. each day we're just inching up more. we feel the humidity as well. we'll have a couple thunderstorms late in the day. the best chance to see them would be north and east of the city. 95 for your high. on friday, it's not quite as hot, 88 degrees but it looks like in the afternoon hours we'll see a couple of scattered showers or thunderstorms as a back door cool front comes through and by saturday, that's when you really feel the change here. so, it's refreshing, really low humidity saturday as well. nice and sunny, great for the temple game, 86 degrees for your high. on sunday, it's just beautiful. it's a holiday weekends for a lot of people and at this point looking ahead we're not seeing any rain. we're seeing low humidity, lots of sunshine. sunday's beautiful and quite warm, though, at that. 89 degrees. monday for labor day it's early yet but it looks like lots of sunshine, 88 degrees so we should be doing good for the entire weekend. for today heating things up.
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>> okay, thanks karen. just about 5:11. still ahead and all new on "action news," the dancing woman who is now on the mend after a man pushed her off a roof during a house party. ly. >> why one pennsylvania mother is calling her cat a hero. we'll give you the details. matt. >> good morning to you, tam. we're live here in tacony by the boston market and the sunoco station along torresdale avenue at cottman avenue with no issues to report so far this morning. but one of our major highways is closing coming up tonight. we'll tell you which one after the break. >> meet the man who flew a drone while he was still holding onto it. later in the morning buzz.
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>> ♪ >> welcome back. you're taking a live look here sky6 a-view from temple out over center city. it's one of those hazy, humid, heavy mornings. it is 5:14, 75 degrees getting into the 90's yet again today. >> okay, matt, what you got in traffic. >> hopefully the new owls are enjoying their time in the nest. how was the boys' first day of school yesterday, tam. >> it was great. i'll show you some pictures of little maxie. >> can't wait to see. good morning, guys. a lot of school buses back on the roads now so we're watching out for them as we head out of the suburbs this morning and watching out for just a couple other things but here along 422 so far so good. eastbound go the taillights away if phoenixville and collegeville headed in towards oaks with no problems, no extra overnight construction. you're looking good on 422 now but later on that won't be the
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case. at 10 o'clock tonight they're going to close the westbound lanes of 422 in the pottstown area right at the exit for route 100 in the ongoing work zone. all traffic is going to be forced off, forced up to high street. if you're on 422 westbound overnight tonight and then again on thursday night, i think i might stay down on 724, schuylkill road as a good alternate. there's going to be a lot of traffic on high street as that's where they're sending all the detouring traffic. over in camden county, right by camden county college, some construction going for the next 45 minutes along 70. it's westbound between springdale and greentree roads. and in cumberland county, a couple different zones last until 6 o'clock. there's one in bridgeton along route 56 near morton avenue by the fulton bank taking out a lane. another along 55 like we often see on the northbound side past 49. again one lane blocked there. and as of yesterday, until september 11th, so for about two weeks in glasgow, delaware, glasgow avenue is shut down for bridge repairs. stay over on 896 to get around that.
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time for the commuter report brought to you by the waze an. one of our friends reporting a vehicle stopped on the shoulder along 95 northbound near woodhaven road. the good news there is the southbound construction has cleared out. tam. >> okay, thank you, matt. this is all new here on "action news." a texas police officer is being called a hero after saving a woman from a fiery crash. officer michael malison grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran to help the woman. she was trapped inside the the vehicle as the car started to bunch he forced his way into the car and then as you see with the help of bystanders he pulled that woman out just moments before the car goes up in flames. thankfully no one was seriously hurt. >> also new on "action news," video showing a man pushing a massachusetts college student off a roof during a house party. the woman was seen dancing on the roof of the home near the bridgewater state university campus. people were chanting jump when a 20-year-old man shoved her. the student suffered bruises and scrapes.
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police arrested alexander marquez after he jumped into the crowd. bridgewater state has launched an investigation. also new on "action news" an atlanta area police officer was critically injured shot while responding to a call at the wrong house. dekalb county police say three police officers showed up to a report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood. police are still trying to determine what actually happened. after the officers went into the backyard of a home that seemed to match the description. in the end, an officer and a homeowner were both shot and the family dog was killed. the georgia bureau of investigation is handling the investigation. >> happening today, the eagles will announce more cuts to the roster. matt barkley and tim tebow are battling for the third string quarterback job. three players have to be cut by today and another 22 by saturday afternoon. the eagles have one more preseason game against the the jets. the season opener in atlanta is on september 14th. the phillies continued their ineptitude against the mets last night.
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new york hit two home runs off rookie jared eickhoff at citi field. the mets won three to one. they are 13 and one against the phillies this season. >> it is now 5:18. mcdonald's has some good news for dairy farmers and some bad news for the lactose intolerant. >> sleepless nights could mean the sniffles are right around the corner. >> ♪
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>> central pennsylvania mom is convinced this family cat saved her son's life. a stray bullet went through the window of the york home last week. the bullet went into the couch, sliced through the cat, then ricocheted around the room finally coming to rest in a pillow just inches from the sleeping child. opie the cat suffered some muscle damage but is expected to be okay. >> treats for a lifetime for that cat. >> yeah, looks like a hero to me. >> absolutely. all right. traffic is purchasing along out there so far this morning. [laughter] >> thank you for the pity laugh.
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here in morrisville bucks county we're live along route one, the super highway close to the trenton-morrisville bridge. again, you might want to use that trenton-morrisville bridge this morning instead of the calhoun street bridge. a lot of construction going on there until 6 o'clock. and a lot of people going to be headed in one direction tonight. [laughter] >> towards south philadelphia to see one direction at the linc. >> i like that one. >> i'm glad. extra service on the broad street line. they're going have four extra express trains that run during the 6 o'clock hour. you're not going, are you karen. >> i'm a big fan but i'm not going. your puns amuse me. 69 degrees right now in martin's creek, 67 in quakertown, 69 pottstown, 67 in saint davids. check out center city. we're already at 74 degrees. it feels warm, feels muggy out there. 70 in cinnaminson, 72 in glassboro, 73 in woodbine. 74 on the boardwalk this morning in atlantic city. feels warm, it feels muggy. 93 for your high today. a good 10 degrees above average. wouldn't 83 sound nice and comfortable. not the case today. so 93 for your high today.
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the next few days really staying uncomfortable at this point. 93 today. we notch it up to 94 tomorrow. today and tomorrow we stay dry, just a chance for a thunderstorm on thursday but it's even hotter. a high of 95. it's not until friday we bring down the heat a little bit but it's still humid, tam. >> okay, thank you, karen. going on to health check confirmation of something you've probably experienced when you don't get enough rest. it seems like you're more like to get sick. researchers intentionally exposed study volunteers to the virus that causes the common cold. the subjects who typically got an average of six hours or sleep a less a night were four times more like to get a cold than the people who slept more than seven hours a night. now, sleeping is not a cure for the common cold but enough shut eye could help you to fight the cold off. >> 5:22 and up next in the morning buzz, details on a strange new aircraft that won't fly too high but everyone wants to see it on the internet. >> and new jersey governor chris christie takes his campaign to late night and threatens to go nuclear. what did he mean? that's coming up at 5:30.
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but first up here's america's money. >> hey, good morning, topping america's money investors happy to see august go. >> the dow lost nearly 1200 points last month. the worst month in more than three years. >> investors still worried about china's economy and the feds interest rates. analysts expect september to be somewhat stormy, too. >> labor day travelers will see falling gas prices. the average price for a gallon $2.61. >> that's down 13 cents from last week and nearly a dollar cheaper than this time last year. and finally another change at mcdonald's. this one coming to the egg mcmuffin. >> the liquid margerine that's been used to make the famous breakfast sandwich is now being replaced by real butter. >> imagine that. real stuff. real butter. the switch also being made in other bread products like biscuits and bagels and some restaurant have already made the change. >> i cannot it was not butter. >> have a great day.
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>> ♪ >> morning buzz. talking about drones, tam. most of them sort of carry cameras or maybe little messages to people. this one can actually carry a person. >> wow. >> it's called the swarm. looks more like a modified helicopter, doesn't it? this is in the uk and what it is, it's all the swarms 54 counts rotation propel lore and six group control channels with hobby king stabilization. it's maids in china. the guy really only made it
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about 15 feet off the ground. it's -- the company's name is dji and novations. is it something that you can possibly purchase and fly around here. >> no. >> doubtful. but, hey, this drone obsession continues and now they're making them with people in them. >> it's really loud. >> let's turn it off. >> people will hear from you miles and miles away. i thought the point of a drone was to be a silent eye in the sky. >> to each his own, tam. >> i guess. no swarm for me. 5:27. coming up on "action news," new details on the seven football players accused of hazing and sexually assaulting other teammates at a new jersey high school locker room. >> and the family from the pope's home country gases up a van and starts heading to philadelphia to see him here. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> developing overnight, new jersey police confirm the identities of three victims in a serious pedestrian crash. a mother and her two young children. >> philadelphia urubus bust. a south american family is in the middle of an epic road trip that leads to pope
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francis and the world meeting of families. >> a surprise celebrity visit has local college students running in one direction hoping that they can still find them but i think if you weren't there, you just weren't there . >> [laughter] >> good morning everyone, it's 5:30 on this tuesday. david is off. we have karen rogers and matt pelman. good morning. >> sounds like they had a fun night, right? let's take a look at satellite6 and "action news" raid today. it will be hotter than yesterday. the humidity still very noticeable. satellite6 and action radar showing we have clear conditions. we'll see lots of sunshine today and those temperatures are really going to respond to that. it's already 74 in philadelphia. we're in the upper 60's in allentown but for the most part the low 70's everywhere else right now other than 59 degrees in mount pocono. the fog has been a bit of an issue in one or two places and in mount pocono 2.5-mile visibility, 5-mile visibility allentown and lancaster so we're watching for a little bit of patchy fog to start. we even expect some along the coastline. not seeing visibility down too much just yet but if


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